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Glasgow Student Manifesto

Candidates from the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish National Party have signed up to the Glasgow Student Manifesto at the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA). 

The Glasgow Student Manifesto was produced in consultation with students at City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and the University of West of Scotland. Research found the most pressing concerns for students were Education, Employment, Housing, Equality and Travel. Within these areas of concern there are eight priorities that students want candidates to commit to. These are:

  1. Free Education Across the UK
  2. End Poverty Pay: Raise the Minimum Wage
  3. End Zero Hours Contracts
  4. Ban Unpaid Internships
  5. Build More Social Housing
  6. Protect Students From Rising Islamaphobia, Xenophobia and Racism
  7. Promote a More Equal Society with Equality Act Reform
  8. Travel Anytime Across the UK at Student Prices

Martin Bartos, Zara Kitson, Kim Long, Cass MacGregor, Alastair Whitelaw (all Scottish Greens) all individually signed up to support the student manifesto and its demands.

Scottish Greens Sign-up to the Glasgow Student Manifesto

Additionally Patrick Grady, Carol Monaghan and Alison Thewliss (all SNP) all individually signed up to support the student manifesto and its demands.

SNP Sign up to the Glasgow Student Manifesto 2015

Ian Davidson and Anas Sarwar (both Scottish Labour) also individually signed up to support the student manifesto and its demands.

Scottish Labour's Ian Davidson signs up to the Glasgow Student Manifesto 2015Scottish Labour's Anas Sarwar signs up to the Glasgow Student Manifesto 2015
Gary Paterson, President of USSA, said:

“We really appreciate the support from the Scottish Green Party, The Scottish National Party and the Scottish Labour Party in signing up to the Student Manifesto; these are the wishes of students across our city who want fairer access to jobs and development, who want to tackle the horrible standards of student accommodation, and want to see more student-friendly travel.”

“Our country is being hit by cuts and austerity, and sadly our elections are focused on immigration instead of the change that we all want, and need to see. This manifesto gives us a chance to change that; but to get that change, students need to get out there and vote for the candidates who are committed to our concerns, and who want to work with us to build a fairer country.”

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